Syria: Air defenses respond to Israeli strike near capital

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According to Bar, the last time Israeli pilots delivered such powerful strikes on Syrian air defense batteries was in 1982 during a campaign in Lebanon against Palestinian armed groups.

On Saturday, the Syrian military targeted at least one intruding Israeli F-16 warplane that had attacked an army base in central Syria, sending it down in flames and smoke.

The incident in and of itself is a serious event and raises questions as to whether the drone was used as bait by the Iranians to drag Israeli jets into Syria, whose air defenses were laying in wait for them. "I want to make it clear: Israel seeks peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack and any attempt by Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria or anywhere else".

In March of previous year Israel, used its Arrow advanced missile defense system for the first time in a combat situation after Israeli jets, also operating near Palmyra, were targeted.

A military expert talked to Sky News Arabia TV, revealing that he obtained "news that the Israeli F-16 fell inside the Jordanian territory". One of the men is reported to be in critical condition.

Israel says it was carrying out strikes after the launch of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace. "To cover their crimes in the region, Israeli officials are resorting to lies against other countries". The incident was sparked by what said was an Iranian drone infiltrating its air space.

At approximately 4.30 am, local time, Israeli forces sighted a drone being launched from a site within Syria. The army has published a video of her destruction, as well as that of a vehicle in Syria participating in its implementation.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not hesitate on Saturday to express America's support for the Jewish State after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli territory.

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The aircraft was identified by the Aerial Defense Systems at an early phase and was under surveillance until the interception, according to the Israeli army. They reached their target but were hit by a "massive" barrage of the Syrian DCA.

In Damascus, the official Sana news agency claimed that the DCA had repulsed Israeli planes and hit "more than one", reporting raids on military installations near Damascus in the center and south of the country.

Iran's expanding clout during Syria's almost seven-year-long war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Golan frontier, has raised alarm in Israel, which has said it would act against any threat from its regional arch-enemy Tehran.

Addressing the Conference of Foreign Guests Participating in the Celebrations of Iran's 1979 Revolution anniversary, General Salami said the USA has failed in its projects in Syria.

The Russian foreign ministry has urged all sides to refrain from escalating the situation.

The events yesterday appeared to be Israel's first direct engagement with Iranian forces across the increasingly volatile boundary in the Golan Heights, risking a new escalation in Syria's multifaceted seven-year war in the area.

Israel and Syria remain officially in a state of war.

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